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Walking and trekking guidebook to the Galloway Hills – Scotland, UK - a Cicerone guidebook

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20 Apr 2010
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
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1st Published
1 Jan 1995
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Walking the Galloway Hills

33 circular day walks

by Paddy Dillon
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guidebook to 33 circular day walks and 7 longer expeditions in the Galloway Hills, including Merrick, Corserine, Millfore and the Rhinns of Kells, a 5-day tour and a brief description of the Southern Uplands Way. Explore an area of rocky, heathery wilderness, much of which is designated as the Galloway Forest Park, with almost unlimited access.

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The Galloway Hills of south-east Scotland offer almost unlimited access for walkers, a rare freedom that has contributed to their description as 'A Walker's Paradise'. A tract of rocky, heathery wilderness interspersed by forest park, these hills offer a varied walking programme, from gentle waymarked forest trails to strenuous, bothy-based treks. You can marvel at the wild qualities of the hills and follow the colourful and turbulent history of the Scottish clans and Robert the Bruce. The mixed woodland and moors support a varied wildlife, including many species of bird and wildfowl, red deer, wild goats, cattle, and even red squirrels and lizards.

Paddy Dillon describes in detail 33 circular day walks of 5-12 miles, all starting from a car park, and 7 longer, more adventurous walks. All the walks can be linked with one or two others. Whichever you choose, the Rhinns of Kells, Rig of the Jarkness, Nieve of the Spit, Shallock on Minnoch, Point of the Snibe, Mullwharcher and Craigeazle are names to stir your imagination and inspire you to poetry.

  • Seasons
    All year round, although the hills are high and remote enough to need care in winter and bad weather.
  • Centres
    Not a lot in the hills, but Newton Stewart lies to the south, Stranraer to the south-west and Girvan to the north-west. Road access on the A713 is arguably easiest from the east.
  • Difficulty
    Full-day mountain and moorland walks in a little-inhabited part of south-west Scotland.
  • Must See
    Wild, remote and quite high hills; Loch Trool; forests.
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    “Be warned, it’s going to be tough underfoot this year”
    The Bare Bones
    A Glimpse of History
    The Galloway Forest Park
    Flora and Fauna
    Access and Accommodation
    Familiarisation with the Area
    Those Crazy Names
    The Walks
    The Maps
    Tourist Information

    Walk 1:      Stroan Bridge Forest Trails
    Walk 2:      Loch Trool Forest Trail
    Walk 3:      Fell of Eschoncan and Pulnagashel
    Walk 4:      Bennan and the Fell of Eschoncan
    Walk 5:      Merrick and Loch Enoch
    Walk 6:      Merrick and Kirriereoch Hill
    Walk 7:      Tarfessock and Kirriereoch Hill
    Walk 8:      Cornish Hill and Shalloch on Minnoch
    Walk 9:      Carrick Forest Drive and Cornish Hill
    Walk 10:    Loch Riecawr and Tunskeen Bothy
    Walk 11:    Kirriereoch Hill from Tunskeen Bothy
    Walk 12:    Mullwharchar from Tunskeen Bothy   
    Walk 13:    Macaterick from the Carrick Forest Drive
    Walk 14:    Around Craigmawhannal from Loch Doon
    Walk 15:    Mullwharchar from Loch Head
    Walk 16:    Carlin’s Cairn from Loch Head
    Walk 17:    Carlin’s Cairn and Corserine from Polmaddie
    Walk 18:    Corserine from Backhill of Bush
    Walk 19:    Milldown from Backhill of Bush
    Walk 20:    Tops of Craigeazle from Backhill of Bush
    Walk 21:    Darrou, Little Millyea and Meikle Millyea
    Walk 22:    Darnaw and Court Knowe from Black Loch
    Walk 23:    Cairnarroch and Millfore from Craigencallie
    Walk 24:    Millfore from Auchinleck
    Walk 25:    Lamachan Hill from Auchinleck
    Walk 26:    Larg Hill from Caldons Campsite
    Walk 27:    Lamachan Hill and Mulldonoch
    Walk 28:    Curleywee and Lamachan Hill from White Laggan
    Walk 29:    Craiglee and Loch Dee from White Laggan
    Walk 30:    Craiglee from Craigencallie
    Walk 31:    Loch Valley and Craiglee from Glen Trool
    Walk 32:    The Dungeon Hills from Backhill of Bush
    Walk 33:    The Dungeon Hills from Glen Trool

    Walk 34:    The Forest Walk
    Walk 35:    The Awful Hand Walk
    Walk 36:    The Rhinns of Kells Walk
    Walk 37:    The Minnigaff Hills Walk
    Walk 38:    The Dungeon Hills Walk
    Walk 39:    The Grand Tour
    Walk 40:    The Southern Upland Way

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